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P291


STS and the values of replication and open science 
Convenors:
Stephanie Meirmans (Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam)
Jeannette Pols
Maarten Derksen (University of Groningen)
Jonna Brenninkmeijer (Amsterdam UMC)
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Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

What is the epistemic value of replication studies and open science? Worldwide, open science and reproducibility are proclaimed as ways to improve science. The panel explores the ‘goods’ that emerge from such efforts, and we take stock of how STS scholars react to and engage in them.

Long Abstract:

Worldwide, open science and replication are proclaimed as ways to improve science. Networks are created to strategically shift the attention of researchers, funders, publishers, and universities to raise transparency and reproducibility. Many STS scholars are involved in such efforts, be it as drivers, supporters, interviewers/observers, advisors, or as critical voices to (parts of) the endeavour.

In this panel, we will bring together STS experiences and reflections regarding such reproducibility and open science efforts and networks. The panel explores the ‘goods’ that emerge from desires and attempts to replicate studies and the implications of various ways of making science more open. What might be unintended side effects? We take stock of how STS scholars react to and engage in such efforts. How and when are STS scholars critical and where do they engage with the goods of replication studies and open science? With what epistemic understandings do they engage, and what strategies do they employ to change academic practices ‘for the better’? What is this ‘better’? And what could they learn from such efforts?

The panel explores how STS insights and approaches – such as valuation studies and everyday empirical ethics – might help to understand the issues at stake and intervene. We critically explore the diversity of values pertaining to reproducibility and open science.

We invite participants to submit proposals about these topics. We particularly invite for presentations in the form of storytelling about their personal experiences and engagement in these issues, but we would also welcome either more traditional presentation formats or other, more creative, forms of proposals.

Accepted contributions: